Money-Saving Travel Tips That Can Stretch Your Budget

Use your AAA Membership to take advantage of big benefits and discounts.

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Your vacation is just around the corner, and you’ve worked hard to save for it. Here are some money-saving travel tips that can help you make those hard-earned dollars go even further.

1. Look for preferred lodging.

AAA preferred hotel partners offer members discounts and valuable add-ons like free breakfast, parking and loyalty program perks. Preferred hotel partners include the many different brands owned by Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and MGM Resorts International.

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2. Rev up the car rental savings.

Save with rental car discounts through Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty. Plus, get additional benefits like free car seats. You can also get discounts on airport parking and transportation through The Parking Spot. In addition to saving 10% on near-airport parking and free online reservations, AAA Members now receive two free days of airport parking when joining the Spot Club loyalty program. Or, if you need a ride to a local airport, Go Airport Shuttle can take you there.

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3. Save on dining and entertainment

If you’re traveling within the U.S., you’ll find plenty of deals and discounts on an array of restaurants at Save on concerts, sporting events, city day passes and more with discounts at

4. Cruising for value

When you take a cruise, you get transportation from port to port, food, accommodations and entertainment all for one up-front price. Your AAA Member discounts make it even better.

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5. Enjoy free days at the park.

The U.S. National Park Service offers free entry on certain days each year, including the first day of National Park Week in April and National Public Lands Day in September.

6. Off-season may be key to finding the cheapest places to travel.

You can find great deals and lower prices in general when traveling during the shoulder season or off-season. Plus, you avoid crowds and contribute to the ongoing support of local economies.

7. Pay in local currency.

Pick countries where the dollar is strong. Once there, pay in the local currency if asked when using your credit card, to minimize costs.

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8. Ask about affordable luxury.

Many posh hotels, including select AAA Diamonds, offer day passes for access to their spas, pools and other facilities. If you’re a member of a hotel chain’s rewards program, inquire about using their day-pass benefits while traveling.

9. Find value in vacation packages.

The convenience and efficiency of vacation packages can often save you time and money.

10. Skip the excess baggage fee

If you’re cruising or traveling internationally, you can ship your goods home with Lugless. AAA Members save 15%, which will get your luggage, skis, golf clubs, boxes and more to your destination safely.

11. Purchase travel insurance.

Travel insurance can often reimburse you for a trip that has been canceled or delayed, and it can help protect you in other ways, too.

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